TEMECULA (CBSLA.com) — A candlelight vigil was held for a beloved store clerk who was fatally beaten during an apparent robbery at a Temecula guitar shop on Friday.
The vigil in memory of Edward Lawrence Robinson of Fallbrook was held in front of Pete’s Music store in the 28700 block of Town Front Street at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Robinson was bound and severely beaten at the shop on Friday night.
He was found unconscious by authorities and was taken to an area hospital where he died the following day.
The 64-year-old Robinson was also a popular local performer and songwriter. A lot of his music played throughout the vigil.
Robinson was about to retire after working at the shop for the past eight years. He is survived by his wife and three kids. He was also a grandfather.
Son Evan Robinson told CBS2’s Tom Wait that the outpouring of affection for his father was helping him see through his tremendous grief. “I’m a spiritual person,” he said, “someone who hands everything to God, but this is beyond me. The human mind can’t comprehend something like that.”
His son also said he learned compassion from his father. He said he held no anger towards the person or persons who killed his dad. “They’re obviously very, very troubled.” Wishing them ill, he conceded, would not bring his father back. “I find even sympathy for them,” he said.
One mourner said she would not rest until Larry got justice. “They messed with the wrong man,” she said, “Everyone loved Larry.”
The store has no surveillance cameras.
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